Time to start the holiday baking!!!
Did those exclamation points sell you on how excited I am about baking? ‘Cause that’s a lie. Not a fan. Not even a little bit.
But I know that other people love it, and I also know that everyone expects sweet treats for parties and such. Here are links to the blog’s best cookie and sweet treat recipes:
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies: Roll them in candy cane pieces and watch them disappear. The cookies are a little soft, so they tend to stick together – don’t stack them on the plate! I got this recipe from my friend Debi. It’s a winner!
Mocha Crumble Cookies: Delicate, crumbly texture with the rich flavors of chocolate and coffee.
Chocolate Snickerdoodles: These taste like the cookie form of Mexican Hot Chocolate. Ah-mazing.
The Best Sugar Cookies Ever: My kids’ favorite cookies. Fun to make, with a flavor and texture that are out of this world.
Coconut Macaroons: I love these cookies so much!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Bars: Because those coconut macaroons will be awfully tempting to the folks who can’t handle gluten. These bars taste so good, even the gluten-FUL guests will enjoy them.
Easy Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies: Ridiculously simple and tasty. No special flours or weird ingredients!
Great Gram’s Applesauce Cookies: A family favorite. Ultra-soft, not too sweet.
Oatmeal Cookies: A classic. My friend Julie sent me this recipe for the blog’s Virtual Cookie Exchange in 2012.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: Shauna bakes professionally. We were lucky enough to get this recipe for the Virtual Cookie Exchange before she became famous.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: If that picture doesn’t make you want to lick your screen, there might be something wrong with you. I want Brandi to start photographing all of the food for the blog. I will settle for this gorgeous photo of these fantastic cookies from the Virtual Cookie Exchange.
Snickerdoodles: My husband’s favorite cookie of all time. My friend Kathy sent me her grandma’s recipe for our Virtual Cookie Exchange.
Apricot Hamantaschen: A labor of love from my friend Tiffany. Holy goodness, these look fabulous. You may want to have a cookie-making party to tackle these bad boys – they require decent amounts of patience and elbow grease.
Cherry-Filled Sugar Cookies: This unique cookie from my friend Bridgette is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Caramels: So much work. So very delicious.
Peppermint Bark: One of our favorite holiday “baked” goods – no oven required!
Lemon Squares: My friend Gwen’s recipe from the Virtual Cookie Exchange
Toffee Squares: Don’t limit yourself to squares – these cookies/bars can be cut into any shape. This Virtual Cookie Exchange recipe from my friend Julia is sure to please.